Art Book and Self Portrait 10

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© Andrea Petersen
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I bought the book "The Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer by J.M Nash" at a library book sale awhile ago and it is about Dutch Painting in the seventeenth Century...I got the idea to show a series of some of the art works in the book that I thought were especially nice. What I love about the paintings of that century is how realistic they were without the benefits of a camera. So much can be learned by studying the master works of the past. The artists had incredible knowledge of light and shadow well before their time.

Speaking of light, the floor lamp that I set higher to shed the light over my head produced golden glints in my hair which I rather like as I am normally not a blonde.. I might re-do some of my earlier attempts on this series where I had used harsh flash and go with the floor lamp as the main source of light...I also adjusted my camera's menu to florescent when I set it on the tripod with a 10 second self timer! I prefer the ambience of warm light. Photography is painting with the light and it is a learning experience of trial and error.

The reproduction paintings in the book shown on these two pages are by Vermeer (1632-75) entitled: "A Painter in his studio about 1666" . On the right page the picture is entitled : "The Geographer. 1669 " I couldn't help but notice that the red shawl I placed on the back of the couch resembles the drapery in the painter's studio shown in the book but not intentional:-)

Best View in light box! Thank you!

Thank you so much Bruce Baker for the spotlight and nomination on 3/9/2019! Very appreciated!

9 responses

  • Lizl  (Elizabeth) Bennefeld

    Lizl (Elizabeth) Bennefeld gave props (1 Mar 2019):

    I like the lighting a lot better using the floor lamp. {Looks like an interesting book!}

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (1 Mar 2019):

    Thank you for your honest opinion Lizl....I also like the lighting a lot better with the floor lamp and have decided to do some of my earlier portraits over for the series. It is a work in progress..Yes, the book although old is interesting and have been enjoying it..

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (1 Mar 2019):

    A beautiful selfie Andrea.. and I love the effect of the lighting on your hair and on the overall image! I think the different types of lighting bring a special quality to each of the images. This is a great entry for the Challenge!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (1 Mar 2019):

    Thank you Heather...I keep checking back to see if anyone else has posted a selfie for the
    challenge beside me and sure hope I won't be the only one ...I am loving to see all the new
    challenges that are offered for us to do.

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (2 Mar 2019):

    a great pose!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (2 Mar 2019):

    I agree with Liz, beautiful lighting and you look so serene! a beauty for the Challenge.

  • Nelli Polk

    Nelli Polk said (8 Mar 2019):

    Picture looks like a piece of art. Like it!

  • Bruce Baker

    Bruce Baker   said (9 Mar 2019):

    This is just so perfect for the theme!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (10 Mar 2019):

    I like the light, the colors, the nice textures in all fabrics shown, I like the photo, I like you Andrea!

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